10 Fun Night Activities in Kobe

神戸の夜 kobe at night メリケンパーク meriken park

When the sun sets and the city lights come to life, Kobe transforms into a lively city full of nighttime adventures. From dazzling city views to vibrant entertainment districts, there’s no shortage of entertainment options to keep the party going well all night long. In this blog post, we will guide you through 10 fun activities to spice up your night in Kobe.

1.Fireworks in Meriken Park

Get ready to light up your Saturday nights in March at Meriken Park with fireworks! Scheduled for March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th at 7:00 PM, each display will last approximately five minutes. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see fireworks in Kobe!

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2. Kobe Port Tower (Reopening in April 2024)

Head up to the iconic Kobe Port Tower‘s observation deck, where you can see breathtaking views of the city illuminated against the night sky. Don’t forget to snap a few Insta-worthy pics while you’re up there!

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3. Mosaic Ferris Wheel

Hop aboard for a bird’s eye view of Kobe’s waterfront where you can see the peak of Mt. Rokko and the Kobe Bridge. Who doesn’t love a spin on a Ferris wheel, especially when the city lights are twinkling around?

The Ferris wheel operates every day from 10 am to 10 pm.

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4. Chinatown

Dive into the vibrant energy of Nankin-machi (Chinatown) and explore its bustling market at night. You can taste an array of street food delicacies and browse through stalls selling traditional souvenirs. Plus, keep an eye out for special performances during Chinese New Year – dragon dances, anyone?

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5. Night Cruise on the Bay

Let’s sail on a scenic night cruise along Kobe Bay and witness the city’s skyline come alive with sparkling lights. Relax on deck as you glide past iconic landmarks such as Kobe Port Tower and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

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6. Bar Hopping

Time to spice things up with a little bar-hopping extravaganza! Whether you’re into rooftop cocktails, belting out your favorite tunes at a karaoke bar, or cozying up in a traditional “tachinomi” joint, Kobe’s got a spot for you.

7. Karaoke Night

Visit a karaoke joint and unleash your inner rock star! Sing your heart out with your favorite tunes with your crew and let loose on the dance floor – after all, who cares if you’re off-key when you’re having this much fun?

8. Nighttime Hot Spring Bath

Unwind and rejuvenate in a nighttime hot spring bath at Arima Onsen. Nestled in the scenic mountains surrounding Kobe, Arima Onsen offers a quiet retreat under the starlit sky. There’s nothing quite like sinking into a warm bath surrounded by the serene beauty of Kobe’s mountains.

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9. Night View Observatory on Mt. Maya

Mount Maya is a magnificent mountain in Kobe where a popular observation platform, Kikuseidai, offers stunning views of the city and its surroundings. Enjoy the breathtaking panorama of the city below, with Kobe’s glittering lights spread out before you like a sea of stars.

You can reach the summit by car, but taking the ropeway while enjoying the scenery is also a great option. You can check this website for the ropeway schedule.

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10. Kobe Luminarie (Previously held on January 2024)

In our past blog post, we talked about Kobe Luminarie’s event held earlier this year. If you’re lucky enough to be in Kobe on the next Luminarie, you’re in for a treat! This dazzling light festival transforms the city into a magical wonderland.

Whether you’re soaking in a hot spring or dancing the night away at a karaoke bar, one thing’s for sure: You will never get bored in Kobe! Ready for your next adventure in Kobe? Stay in our fully furnished apartment and start making unforgettable memories!

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